I long to see people experience nature, not as a theme park, but as a sanctuary. To gaze upon the intertwined intricate cycles of it’s terrain, and to see their place within its balance. To sit near a campfire lost in the infinite shimmering lights of a night sky, a reminder of how tiny and finite we are. Yet to be equally aware of our potential to do beautiful and amazing things.
Why are our State and National Parks publicized by paid advertising business using overly photo-shopped or completely computer generated images? Why do parks services have advertising budgets, money which could be used to continue works in education and ecology? Why are we not posting so many images and art that they wouldn’t need to pay for them.
Perhaps like me, you feel your photos and text aren’t that great, or your adventure wasn’t adventurous enough? Those new to camping, hiking, climbing, etc.. are not planning on summiting Everest. In reality most novice outdoor enthusiasts are interested in that awesome park you just visited, they want to see the images on your camera, and hear your story. Why, because you just lived an experience they long to understand.
I often question if the little hike I took last weekend is blog worthy, was that last minute camping trip worth sharing? I have since come to realize that if it encourages one person to get off the couch then the answer is yes.